Pubdate: Sat, 6 Sep 2008
Source: Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2008 Osprey Media Group Inc.
Author: Russell Barth


If Stephen Harper's Conservatives get a majority, I fear for the life 
of my epileptic wife. She uses medical marijuana, for which she has a 
license from Health Canada.

In the past six years, her health has improved dramatically through 
the use of this herb, and her seizures have dropped in both numbers 
and ferocity. She cannot tolerate any other medications, so this is 
not choice but necessity.

The Cons raged against this program when they sat in opposition, and 
cut medical marijuana research funding when they got into power. They 
have reaffirmed their commitment to a U. S.-style War On Drugs, even 
though all evidence suggests that this policy actually increases the 
problems it purports to fight, while subsidizing gangsters at home 
and terrorism abroad.

They have promised to jail more people, including teenagers, for drug 
offenses, even offering mandatory minimum prison sentences for 
growing a single marijuana plant!

If they get a majority, they will undoubtedly shut down the Health 
Canada medical marijuana program, tossing thousands of sick and dying 
Canadians back to the mercy of street dealers who sell a contaminated 
and hyper-priced product.

Furthermore, the government has all of our home addresses on file, so 
the day after the program is shut down, the Mounties will likely 
begin arresting sick people in droves, destroying medicine and plants.

If you think I am being an alarmist, then ask them. Ask any 
Conservative MP or candidate what they plan to do with the lives of 
sick and dying people who need medical marijuana to survive.

Russell Barth

Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User

Patients Against Ignorance and Discrimination on Cannabis (PAIDOC) 
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